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I remembered why I never reread this story when I reread the Vorkosigan s Saga It s too short and too boring Just blah. (((Free Pdf))) ✑ Dreamweaver's Dilemma ☔ Contains Dreamweaver s Dilemma, a previously unpublished novelette set early the author s universe, the Hugo Award winning The Mountains of Mourning, a never before published Sherlock Holmes pastiche, an interview with Lois McMaster Bujold, and Suford Lewis Vorkosigan genealogy Hardbound with cover art by Bob Eggleton A collection of Lois McMaster Bujold short fiction and essays, with some supporting works by the editor Of most interest are the title story and The Mountains of Mourning, which are both set in the Vorkosiverse Pretty good stuff, but I am just having problems focusing these days, and it actual reading was a long, slow process. This was a delightful surprise After re re re reading the entire Vorkosigan Saga my reaction to Cryoburn I decided to try and get my hands on this, mostly out of curiosity and a touch of O C I suppose in my ignorance I was expecting a collection of juvenilia These are delightful stories from a masterful story teller.The Sherlock Holmes piece has a cute little surprise buried in the middle of it One that, despite numerous hints, I was completely blind sided by I loved He had the air of a man who had been promised a treat for breakfast and then presented with a plate of snails he vaguely saw that he was expected to be grateful, but could not understand why Or this It seemed to me that she lacked that sweet spirituality which is the ultimate hallmark of a woman of refinement Why is it that when Conan Doyle s Watson says something similar it is completely infuriating, yet when Bujold s Watson says it, it is delightfully funny It did seem to have a rather abrupt ending for Bujold, not quite her style I was quite pleased with my insight when later on in the interview piece she explains why Barter is the ultimate wish fulfillment for every mother of small children that has ever been I loved these lines Mary Alice loathed coupons They made her feel like a rat in a paper maze, jerked through a lot of meaningless motions, cut and save, fold and paste, push the lever and ring the bell, for a reward of a few pennies But they were like money, and you couldn t throw money away Dreamweaver s Dilemma was lots of fun as the pre prequel to the Vorkosigan universe I saw shades of both Aral and Miles in Chalmys and his approach to problem solving.A thoroughly fun read I enjoyed this one It is mostly early works as far as the stories, and comments on series up to about 95 or so The essays are good, and I m just going to include a quote because I want to remember it, and I don t own this book So in the end, I have not a conclusion, but a plea to all readers Be open All genres have something to offer you on some level Do not let a marketing convenience constrain what you can choose to learn and know True genius does not distain simplicity, nor does it mistake mere obscurity for profundity If you read at all, you are already playing a wonderfully strange game with your brain, and you may be assured you are nowhere near the limits of your possibilities And do try some science fiction You won t like all of it heavens, I don t like all of it but in the cornucopia of books pouring yearly from the publishers it is impossible that you will find nothing to give you joy Which is, in the end, why we read fiction And the chapter entitled Unsung Collaborator is about what the reader brings to a book, and how their prior experiences and willing imaginations are what truly bring a story to life Go forth READ Really only of interest to die hard Bujold fans except 1 There s a Sherlock Holmes story one of Bujold s earliest works that quite fun.2 This book contains the excellent Miles Vorkosigan novella The Mountains of Mourning Of course, you can also read it for free at Baen s website. I had no idea Shards of Honor started as a Star Trek novel. I ve been meaning to read some Bujold for a while now, specifically the Vorkosigan Saga , after having seen it mentioned fondly multiple times on as being early examples of the interesting tropes How had I not heard of this There s a lot of books in it, which is daunting and slightly cheesy covers on sci fi make me a little wary.Then there s different opinions on the optimal order in which to read the series, some list Dreamweaver s Dilemma as first, other lists don t include it at all This book is actually a collection of stories, containing the titular story, which is all I ve read so far, but will come back to the others at the appropriate points in the series.I can see why some lists don t include it, as this one has the thinnest of connections it s set many years prior, and contains only a paragraph or two mentioning two solar systems connected by a wormhole which form the start of the network in the larger series, and a character who possibly is later on remembered as a cultural oddity in the past.Anyway, for my first exposure, I really enjoyed her writing and the story Starts off with some clever commentary on writing as a career, then progresses to a typical noir plot with light sci fi touches Nothing super original, just done well and entertaining The protagonist is a little reminiscent of Phryne Fisher or similar 20s socialite The only detractor I can think of, albeit minor, is that she seems to have a lack of funds, and needs the assistance of a somewhat wealthy male character Excited to continue into the rest of the series for reals now. This was an enjoyable, eccentric litle book, a peek inside the brain of one of my favorite authors It starts with an essay from one of Bujold s best friends that talks about their start together as teenagers with Classic Trek fandom and fanfic, then moves to a section of short fiction Bujold s first story, a Sherlock Holmes pastiche sadly, the last few pages were lost her first short story sale, which looks to be a classic example of write what you know the title story, set in the Vorkosigan universe and I think one that predates any of her novels and Mountains of Mourning, an award winning story about Miles Then there s a collection of some of her articles about writing, an interview by the book s editor, and some Vorkosigan universe fun stuff.I don t know if non Bujold fans would like this book, but I adored getting to see her style develop over the years, and hearing her own take on her writing Definitely a keeper for me. This is a collection of Bujold s early work, for the most part The Dreamweaver s Dilemma was pretty interesting, though it lacked the punch of her later writing As someone from Ohio, I liked imagining Cleveland as a desolate radioactive swamp I thought the Holmes story was fun and told in a style that stayed true to Doyle The essays ranged from fabulous to dull And then there was Mountains of Mourning Read this Seriously It has impact if you ve read Barrayar and probably Shards of Honor for good measure , I think, but this novella is fantastic It is a punch in the gut, and it is beautiful It is also incredibly heartbreaking It is about what happens when a culture is forced to undergo uncomfortable changes quickly, and even though it was written over 2 decades ago it still feels incredibly relevant I haven t read a lot of Bujold, yet, but I expect this is her writing at its best You don t need to find this collection to get it it s been released a few other ways.